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Warning from RCC about a phone scam


Rutland County Council

Warning about targeted phone scam

We’re taking the exceptional step of using Your Rutland to warn you about a spate of cold calls currently targeting Rutland residents.

In the past 48 hours, lots of you have contacted us to say you’ve received phone calls from people posing as Council officers and asking for your bank details over the phone. In some cases these callers are also claiming to work for banks in order to get hold of personal information.

Please be aware that Rutland County Council will never call you out of the blue to ask for your bank details.

If you do get a call from someone claiming to work for the Council and asking for bank details you should hang up straight away – do not give out any personal information.

Report any suspicious calls to the national fraud reporting centre, Action Fraud, by calling: 0300 123 2040.
Report incidents of fraud or cyber crime to Action Fraud
Our mailing address is:
Rutland County Council
Catmose
Oakham, Rutland LE15 6HP
United Kingdom

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False claims of Telephone Preference Service


Free parents and carers showing of an internet safety theatre production ‘In the Net’


You are invited to watch a free performance of ‘In the Net’ by the AlterEgo Theatre Group which your child (years 3 & 4) may also be watching through their school (subject to availability). This production is part of ongoing work by the police, councils, NHS and others, who are continuing to work hand-in-hand to support children to stay safe online and to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The internet is an amazing tool which opens the door on a global scale to social and learning opportunities. Most children access the internet from a very early age including via games consoles, and we must therefore teach children how to stay safe online in the same way that we teach them to cross the road.

‘In the Net’ is a fun and entertaining pantomime which raises the profile of internet safety and cyber-bullying. The play has been shown to hundreds of children around the UK and was also shown to a sample of local primary schools in February 2017. It was very positively received. ‘In the Net’ is designed to introduce and explore concepts such as:

  • Safe internet use
  • Keeping personal information safe
  • The effects of cyber-bullying on others
  • What to do if you are being cyber-bullied
  • What to do when you get that ‘Uh-Oh!’ feeling
  • What to do if you have questions or concerns
  • Two evening performances have been secured for parents and carers only, you can book directly via the links below, please book early to avoid disappointment. The performance will be followed by a brief presentation by local authority safeguarding lead(s).
  • Further information about the play and about AlterEgo Theatre Group can be found at: http://www.alteregocreativesolutions.co.uk/inthenet/
  1. Retro Suite – Thursday 25th January 2018 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-net-performance-for-parents-tickets-41825254462
  2. Melton Theatre – Tuesday 20th February 2018 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/copy-of-in-the-net-performance-for-parents-tickets-41825383849

“Ask the Police” App – Ask the Police is an App that answers many questions that commonly come through to the Call Management Department.Please see the link below for more information:

https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/advert/AdvertPage.mth?advertid=110

Warning of a new scam


Canvassers from Rutland County Council


Will Ryan (Police, Enquiry Officer, Rutland)

Please be aware that canvassers from Rutland County Council will be visiting properties in Rutland between 20 October 2017 and 13 November 2017. 

They will all carry Rutland County Council ID Cards, and be issued with letters of authority signed by the Electoral Registration Officer (Helen Briggs). 

If you have any doubts with regards to the person visiting, please call the Council on 01572 722577 to confirm their identity.

Here’s how to place an emergency call when you’re scared to speak


Although media have not received information of a threat in a specific location and do not wish to cause undue alarm, now seems like a useful time to remind people of the British police force’s Silent Solutions procedure.

The simple process allows a person to call police or other emergency services in circumstance where it may not be safe to talk out loud or make a noise.

Here’s how to place an emergency call when you’re scared to speak:

When you call 999, an operator asks which emergency service you require before rerouting the call to the police, ambulance service or fire brigade.

If a 999 caller doesn’t talk, the operator will ask them to cough or make another audible sound.

In certain situations, it may not be safe to make a noise – for example it could alert a potential attacker to your exact whereabouts.

 

Emergency services simply don’t have the resources to investigate every call made to 999 during which no sound is made.

However there’s a simple way of signalling that it’s a genuine emergency and you haven’t just accidentally pocket-dialled.

The procedure is called Silent Solution and it was created so people in an emergency can call the police in dangerous situations.

After you dial 999 and you’ve been unable to audibly signal to the operator, your call will be forwarded to an operating system.

If you’re in danger, dial 55 otherwise the call will be terminated.

Alternatively this Emergency SMS procedure allows you to silently text either police, paramedics, the fire brigade or coastguard to alert them to an urgent situation.
The ‘55’ Silent Solution protocol has been in place for over a decade, although police have recently issued a reminder as not many people know about the protocol.
A police spokesman said: ‘Please do not think that just because you dial 999 that police will attend.
‘We totally understand that sometimes people are unable or too afraid to talk, however it must be clear that we will not routinely attend a silent 999 call.
‘There must be some indication that the call has not been mis-dialled.’

UK Security Threat Level increased to Critical


UK Security Threat Level increased to Critical

On advice from the Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre, the UK government has raised the UK Security Threat Level to Critical (highest possible level), meaning an attack is ‘expected imminently’.

At East Midlands Ambulance Service we have plans in place in the event of a major incident and are taking extra precautions and actions in response to the raised threat level.

We will be asking visitors to our premises to show official identification so please ensure you bring yours with you if you are due to visit us in the near future.

Remain vigilant

The police service is urging the public to remain alert but not alarmed. Together with other blue-light services and our partners we are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our communities.

People are asked to be aware of and actively promote the national anti-terrorism campaign called ACT – Action Counters Terrorism – and speak to their families, friends and colleagues about it. See their website for details, and be aware of the Anti-Terrorist Hotline number 0800 789321.

In the extremely rare event of a firearms or terror attack the police have issued public guidance advising people to ‘Run, Hide and Tell’. You can read more about the Stay Safe campaign via this website.

Terrorists want to create distrust and fear. Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must all maintain a strong relationship between the public and police. The police depend on information from the public, who can be their eyes and ears, in the efforts to keep us all safe.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

Richard Henderson

Chief Executive

 

New speeding regulations


Drivers responsible for the most serious speeding offences are set to face harsher penalties under new sentencing guidelines for magistrates.
The court can consider further adjustment for any aggravating or mitigating factors and identify whether any combination of these, or other relevant factors, should result in an upward or downward adjustment.
The maximum fines allowed by law remain the same, so speeding drivers cannot be fined more than £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway, where the limit is £2,500.

Speed limit (mph) Recorded speed (mph)
20 41 and above 31-40 21-30
30 51 and above 41-50 31-40
40 66 and above 56-65 41-55
50 76 and above 66-75 51-65
60 91 and above 81-90 61-80
70 101 and above 91-100 71-90
Sentencing range Band C fine
(150% of relevant weekly income)
Band B fine
(100% of relevant weekly income)
Band A fine
(50% of relevant weekly income)
Points /
dis­qualification
Dis­­qualification for 7-56 days OR
6 points on your licence
Dis­­qualification for 7-28 days OR
4-6 points on your licence
3 points on your licence